The Farmer's walk can be fun and the carry over to strength and athleticism can be huge.
If you want an easy to make, ready to use, cheap Farmers walk device --I've got the solution for you!
D.I.Y. Concrete Farmer's walk implements. It's not perfect. But it is cheap, durable, and simple (the trifecta!!).
All you need is:
1. Concrete. Just buy the cheap stuff at your local hardware store. When I was purchasing. I did a scan for what was the cheapest. I must have had a lost look of my face because the Depot guy came over and had a 10 minute dialogue with me about concrete. Then we agreed I just wanted the cheapest.
2. Something to pour the concrete into. You could get fancy and build a wooden form (especially if you have extra lumber lying around). Thin cardboard will fall apart and/or lose shape (not what you want). You can buy concrete forms from your local hardware supply store (see below). However, diaper boxes have worked great for me.
You can purchase a concrete form from your local hardware store.
Sometimes there are different form shapes/sizes.
This will work great, but it'll cost you an extra $8.50, maybe more if you are needing more length for your design.
For those of us with toddlers and younger - diaper boxes are lying all around the house for free!
*Just duct tape the small slit on the bottom side.
*Now that you have what you are going to fill with concrete, how much are you going to fill?
Calculator.net is a very helpful tool. The concrete calculator function can be found under the category of "other".
Just input your measurements and it will give you an estimated weight & how many bags of concrete required (see "Result" picture below).
From here you can tinker with the size. If filling it up is too heavy, calculate what half way would weigh. You could also cut or reshape - but be careful that it still keeps it's integrity. It'd be a waste and frustrating if while you are pouring your concrete your box/form busted open.
This is the measurements of the diaper boxes we have around the house.
It gives estimated weight in lbs & kgs. It also lists how many bags of concrete you need in either 60lb or 80lb bags.
3. Rebar. Rebar may seem a bit overkill. And depending on the size you are pouring - perhaps it is. For my first concrete pour - I didn't want to add it because I figured I wasn't going to drop it. I'd be gentle..
But even if you don't drop them.. eventually.
*Insert* "That's why we can't have NICE things!"
The lesson is rebar isn't that expensive. You can pick it up at your local hardware store for a couple dollars a piece. It's better to spend the few extra dollars than have broken chucks of concrete all over your yard. Depending on the size you are making you could use 1, 2, or 3. The bottom &/or the middle is where I'd focus on putting them. You can lay them in as pouring or affix it pre-pour where you want it.
4. The handle. You could spend a lot of money on a handle (one that you make or a premade one). But my guess is, if you are making a concrete weight - you don't want to use an expensive handle.
The first handle we made spun and was slick. So for version 2 we upgraded to a shovel handle. I bought a replacement shovel handle from a local hardware store it was around $10 - but it was worth it. You can customize your handle by cutting it to the length you prefer. I cut mine a few inches below knee height.
*If you are so inclined, you could drill a hole an inch or so (measured from the bottom -up) and stick one of your rebar thru the wood of the handle.
Then it is time for some fun!
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